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Chart – Social Media Platforms by Number of Users

March 8, 2012 12 comments

I threw this chart together for a presentation I’m doing; it includes current numbers for some of the more prominent social networking platforms (including Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube, Pinterest, Spotify, Wikipedia, Foursquare, Pandora, Digg, etc.).  Hopefully I’ll be able to kick out updated versions every few months. [Updated to include MySpace – originally I had left them off because they’re the only major social networking platform that has actually lost users.]

Visualizing Social Media Platforms by Number of Users

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Will the Filter Bubble Render Social Bookmarking Obsolete?

December 9, 2011 3 comments

Will the Filter Bubble Render Social Bookmarking Obsolete?

I don’t know – I’m just asking.

The Context

For clarification, the “Filter Bubble” is a term coined by Eli Pariser referring to the practice of search engines (most notably Google which enjoys the largest market share) tailoring search results to each individual user using an algorithm that takes into account that user’s online behavior (Pariser’s TED Talk on the subject is available here – recommended watch).  So depending on what sites I regularly view, what terms I search for, how long I spend on pages, whether or not I hit the “back” button immediately after viewing a page – the results I will see are different from the results you will see.  The concern expressed by Pariser is that it’s further helping us insulate ourselves away from people and ideas that are different from our own, allowing us to live in a self-reinforcing “bubble.”  Beyond cramping our ability to broaden our outlook, there are also nefarious possibilities – that, for example, those in charge of the algorithms that power search results could quietly weed out unflattering content or the content of competitors.

Social Bookmarking” is a practice facilitated by a variety of platforms and tools in which individual users curate the limitless content of the web by adding their own categories, terms, tags, keywords, and even annotations based on how they perceive that content.  So, for example, if I go to Slashdot – I know that I will see “news for nerds” whereas if I use Digg – I will see more entertainment-themed content with a specific philosophical/political bent applied to it.  (The brilliant satirical site Uncyclopedia has particularly hilarious send-ups of both Slashdot and Digg that illustrate their nuances.)

The Future of Social Bookmarking

Here’s how my train of logic goes: Read more…

Eight Social Media-Themed Halloween Costumes

June 24, 2010 Leave a comment

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The Linkbait Generator suggested this title for a blog post and it was too good to pass up.  Fortunately there actually are a lot of really great examples of Social Media-themed Halloween costumes crafted by some very creative people.  To wit:

  1. The “Fail Whale” Costume
  2. The Facebook Profile Costume (not to be confused with Jim Halpert’s “Facebook” Costume)
  3. The iPhone Costume (and the Blackberry Costume)
  4. The Rickroll Costume
  5. The MySpace Profile Costume
  6. The Youtube Costume
  7. The Chris Crocker “Leave Britney Alone” Costume
  8. Foursquare Merit Badges

Bonus:

  1. The Digg Costume
  2. The “You Like This” T-Shirt (also the “Poke” T-Shirt, and “Add to Friends” T-Shirt)